Top Attorneys 2012

Academic

William J. Aceves

California Western School of Law

A. Thomas Golden

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Julie Greenberg

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Marybeth Herald

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Luz E. Herrera

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Alex Kreit

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Cara Mitnick

University of San Diego School of Law

Laura Marie Padilla

California Western School of Law

Brenda M. Simon

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Jeff W. Slattery

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Kenneth Vandevelde

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Corporate Litigation

Timothy K. Branson

Gordon & Rees LLP

Guillermo “Gil” Cabrera

The Cabrera Firm, APC

Steven T. Coopersmith

The Coopersmith Law Firm

Matthew B. Dart

DLA Piper LLP

Thomas C. Frost

The Frost Firm

James N. Godes

Godes & Preis LLP

William E. Grauer

Cooley LLP

Patricia P. Hollenbeck

Duane Morris LLP

John D. Klinedinst

Klinedinst PC

Mark Carroll Mazzarella

Mazzarella Lorenzana LLP

Jeffrey K. Miyamoto

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

Omar G. Nassar

The Nassar Firm

Nancy L. Stagg

Foley & Lardner LLP

Richard M. Wirtz

Wirtz Law APC

Corporate Transactional

Michael J. Brown

Stradling Yocca Carlson & Rauth

Barry M. Clarkson

Latham & Watkins LLP

William Eigner

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Jeremy David Glaser

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C.

Mike Hird

Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP

Paul B. Johnson

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Charles S. Kim

Cooley LLP

Matt Schwartz

DLA Piper LLP

Beni Surpin

Paul Hastings LLP

John D. Tishler

Sheppard, Mullin, Richter & Hampton LLP

Adam Wyll

American Assets Trust Inc.

Criminal

G. Cole Casey

Law Offices of G. Cole Casey, APLC

Stephen Gary Cline

Law Offices of Stephen G. Cline; Ameriant Law Group LLP

Selena Epley

Office of the Primary Public Defender

Daniel Frederick Greene

Law Offices of Kerry L. Armstrong, APLC

Samantha A. Greene

Law Office of Samantha A. Greene

John Lanahan

Law Office of John Lanahan

Michael L. Lipman

Duane Morris LLP

Wendy L. Patrick

San Diego Deputy District Attorney, Sex Crimes and Stalking Division

Charles Sevilla

Law Office of Charles Sevilla

Kay L. Sunday

Kay L. Sunday Law Offices

Thomas J. Warwick Jr.

Grimes and Warwick

Zaki Zehawi

San Diego Alternate Public Defender

Estate Planning/Probate & Trust

Roland Achtel

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Olga Alvarez

Sullivan Hill Lewin Rez & Engel

Judy S. Bae

Miller, Monson, Peshel, Polacek & Hoshaw

James J. Brown

Goodwin Brown Gross & Lovelace LLP

Richard Ansel Heller

Procopio, Cory, Hargreaves & Savitch LLP

Danielle C. Humphries

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

Gary Jander

Brierton Jones & Jones, LLP

Jerilyn Jones

Brierton, Jones & Jones LLP

Shannon N. Montisano

Hughes & Pizzuto APC

Kristan Shepard

Goodwin Brown Gross & Lovelace LLP

Family

Maricela Amezola

Strickland & Amezola

Elizabeth M. Brown

Lowenstein Brown, APLC

Lesa Christenson

Ashworth, Blanchet, Christenson & Kalemkiarian

Christine Hayes Sickler

The Law Offices of Beatrice L. Snider

Garrison Klueck

Law & Mediation Offices of Garrison Klueck

Michele Sacks Lowenstein

Lowenstein Brown APLC

Sandy Lynne Meade

Law Offices of Jon D. Rigney, A.P.C.

Jon David Rigney

Law Offices of Jon D. Rigney, A.P.C.

David S. Schulman

Moore, Schulman & Moore, APC

John H. Schweitzer

Stassinopoulos & Schweitzer, APLC

Nancy Stassinopoulos

Stassinopoulos & Schweitzer, APLC

Rachel Perry Young

Law Office of Rachel P. Young

Insurance

Dorn G. Bishop

The Law Offices of Dorn G. Bishop APC

Andrew Dunk

Dunk & Associates

Peter H. Klee

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Matthew J. Liedle

Liedle, Lounsbery, Larson & Lidl, LLP

Jeffrey K. Miyamoto

Pettit Kohn Ingrassia & Lutz

Rebecca Lack Mowbray

Mowbray Law Firm

Dominic S. Nesbitt

Osborne & Nesbitt LLP

Brook B. Roberts

Latham & Watkins

Heather Linn Rosing

Klinedinst PC

Scott W. Sonne

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

John M. Wilson

Latham & Watkins

Jack B. Winters, Jr.

Winters & Associates

Intellectual Property Litigation

N. Thane Bauz

Perkins Coie

Matthew Cook Bernstein

Perkins Coie LLP

Frederick S. Berretta

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Juanita Brooks

Fish & Richardson PC

Roger Alen Denning

Fish & Richardson PC

John Giust

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Randall Kay

Jones Day

John D. Kinton

Jones Day

John S. Kyle

Cooley LLP

John P. Schnurer

Perkins Coie LLP

Anthony Stiegler

Cooley LLP

John Thornburgh

Fish & Richardson PC

Kent M. Walker

Lewis Kohn & Fitzwilliam LLP

David K. Wiggins

HTC America, Inc.

Boris Zelkind

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Intellectual Property Transactional

Bing Ai

Perkins Coie LLP

G. Peter Albert Jr.

AlbertDhand LLP

Matthew Cook Bernstein

Perkins Coie LLP

Sanjeev K. Dhand

AlbertDhand LLP

William E. Hunter

Fish & Richardson PC

Ned Israelsen

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

John Kim

IP Legal Advisors PC

Carl A. Kukkonen, III

Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo PC

Lisa Martens

Fish & Richardson PC

Marc Truman Morley

Knobbe Martens Olson & Bear LLP

Joshua J. Richman

IP Legal Advisors PC

Beni Surpin

Paul Hastings LLP

Sam K. Tahmassebi

TechLaw, LLP

Labor & Employment

Jonathan D. Andrews

Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP

Harvey C. Berger

Pope, Berger & Williams, LLP

Rick Bergstrom

Jones Day

Jennifer Sarkozy Branch

Andrews Lagasse Branch & Bell LLP

Krista M. Cabrera

Foley & Lardner LLP

Mary C. Dollarhide

Paul Hastings LLP

Joshua David Gruenberg

The Law Office of Joshua D. Gruenberg

Michael S. Kalt

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Jerrilyn Malana

Littler Mendelson

Spencer Skeen

Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart PC

Claudette G. Wilson

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Leonid “Lonny” M. Zilberman

Wilson Turner Kosmo LLP

Municipal & Government

Charles B. Christensen

Christensen & Spath LLP

Jodi L. Cleesattle

California Office of the Attorney General

Deborah A. Cumba

State of California, Department of Transportation

Leslie E. Devaney

Stutz Artiano Shinoff & Holtz

Shawn D. Hagerty

Best Best & Krieger

Michelle Ialeggio

San Diego District Attorney

Chris Anthony Knudsen

California Dept. of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Phillip James Lindsay

California Attorney General’s Office

Michael R. McGuinness

Escondido City Attorney’s Office

Amy Roebuck

California Department of Justice, Office of the Attorney General

Walter F. Spath III

Christensen & Spath LLP

Personal Injury/Property Damage

James Matthew Brown

Law Offices of James Matthew Brown

Andrew Dunk

Dunk & Associates

Robert J. Francavilla

Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield, LLP

John H. Gomez

Gomez Trial Attorneys

Robert Hamparyan

The Law Office of Robert Hamparyan

Ryan D. Harris

Harris Personal Injury Lawyers

Thomas D. Penfield

Casey, Gerry, Schenk, Francavilla, Blatt & Penfield, LLP

Kevin F. Quinn

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Brett J. Schreiber

Thorsnes Bartolotta McGuire

Steven C. Vosseller

The Gomez Law Firm

Real Estate & Construction Litigation

Jeffrey Baird

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird LLP

P. Randolph Finch Jr.

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP

Mark Hagarty

McKenna, Long & Aldridge

Robert J. Hanna

Best Best & Krieger LLP

Charles T. Hoge

Kirby Noonan Lance & Hoge LLP

Andrea L. Petray

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP

Laurence R. Phillips

McKenna Long & Aldridge

David W. Smiley

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP

Jason R. Thornton

Marks, Finch, Thornton & Baird, LLP

Mark Zebrowski

Morrison & Foerster LLP

Real Estate & Construction Transactional

David Bagley

Hecht Solberg Robinson Goldberg & Bagley LLP

Sony Ben-Moshe

Latham & Watkins LLP

Jeffery Chine

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Ray Gliner

Allen Matkins Leck Gamble Mallory & Natsis LLP

Robert Kolodny

Kolodny & Pressman LLP

Steven Joel Levine

Latham & Watkins LLP

Brett Rosenblatt

Latham & Watkins, LLP

Bruce P. Shepherd

Latham & Watkins LLP

Kenneth J. Stipanov

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Eric Young

Gordon & Rees LLP

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Joel R. Bryant

Green Bryant & French, LLP

Karen B. Dow

Sughrue Mion, PLLC

J. William Hargreaves

Hargreaves & Taylor LLP

Kenneth E. Jenkins, Ph.D.

Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP

Alexandra M. Kwoka

Law Offices of Alexandra M. Kwoka

Harvey R. Levine

Law Offices of Levine & Miller

Craig R. McClellan

The McClellan Law Firm

Stephanie Seidman

McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP

Allen Snyder

University of San Diego School of Law

Michael Whitton

Troutman Sanders

2012 Winner

Luz E. Herrera

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Education

Law School/Harvard Law School

College: Stanford University

Bar Admissions

California; U.S. District Court, Central and Northern districts of California; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Practice Areas

Small Business Law; Professional Ethics; Wills and Trusts

Professional Background

Luz E. Herrera is an attorney, a professor and a community innovator. She is an assistant professor at Thomas Jefferson School of Law California where she recently launched the Small Business Law Center — a clinical program that provides legal services to micro-entrepreneurs and nonprofits.

With her invaluable ability to connect with persons at all levels of national leadership and challenge the existing legal services paradigm, Herrera brings innovative ideas to address the access to civil justice gap and calls for the inclusion of all sectors of the profession in a new legal services paradigm. Herrera is leaving her mark in the legal profession and throughout communities nationwide. In 2005, she founded Community Lawyers, Inc., a non-profit organization based in Compton that facilitates the provision of affordable legal services to underserved communities through community legal education and self-help legal clinics staffed by a network of volunteer attorneys and non-attorney volunteers that support their efforts.

Through her work with Community Lawyers and in establishing the Small Business Law Center at Thomas Jefferson School of Law, Herrera is pioneering a model to support public spirited, entrepreneurial lawyers in their efforts to launch successful law practices that assist clients and seek to strengthen communities. Her experience as a solo practitioner in a low-income community has informed her passion for educating individuals about attorneys as business owners. She has been instrumental in developing an attorney incubator program at TJSL to help attorneys start and develop their own law practices.

Professional Affiliations

Herrera’s efforts are informed by her service with other organizations that have a pulse on legal service delivery in California and across the United States. She currently serves on the American Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services Committee, the board of California Rural Legal Assistance, the Sargent Shriver Civil Counsel Act Implementation Committee, and is on the advisory board of the California Lawyer magazine. 

Herrera has been featured in articles on community legal services for publications that include the Daily Journal, the Los Angeles Times and Compton Bulletin. In 2009 she was named by the Daily Journal as one of the top 100 attorneys in California and the ABA Journal identified her as one of the top 50 lawyers remaking the legal profession. Recent acknowledgements include the Cruz Reynoso Community Service Award  from the Mexican American Bar Association (Los Angeles), the Guardian de Justicia Award presented by the Hispanic Bar Association of Orange County, the Francisca Flores Community Service Award from the Latina Lawyers Bar Association (Los Angeles) and a Mujeres Destacada award from La Opinion newspaper. 

Personal Background

Herrera grew up in Whittier, California.

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California Western professors combine scholarly expertise with administrative acumen

Well-respected for their contributions to understanding of the law and to legal education, California Western School of Law associate deans William Aceves and Laura Padilla lend their considerable expertise and acumen to the day-to-day operations of San Diego’s oldest law school.

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On many occasions and from many sources, including potential clients and patent attorneys, the phrase "stake in the ground" has been used to describe the purpose or goal of a provisional application. If one considers a provisional application to be a stake in the ground, to somehow capture an area of technology around a stake, all one will get is the stake. This is not a viable patenting strategy. The flaws of such strategy, previously significant for non-U.S. rights, now are magnified by virtue of the first to file provisions of the American Invents Act (AIA). The first-to-file provisions of the AIA will come into effect on March 16, 2013.

Thomas Jefferson School of Law professors achieve noteworthy recognition

The talents and expertise of the Thomas Jefferson School of Law faculty who collectively help drive the growing national and international reputation of the law school are exemplified by some of their recent noteworthy achievements.

USD School of Law: Creating top attorneys for more than half a century

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The craft of expert communication

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